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For the film series as a whole, see Crocodile Dundee (film series). Crocodile Dundee_sentence_0

For its main character, see Michael "Crocodile" Dundee. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_1

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Directed byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_1_0 Peter FaimanCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_1_1
Produced byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_2_0 John CornellCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_2_1
Screenplay byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_3_0 Paul Hogan

Ken Shadie John CornellCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_3_1

Story byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_4_0 Paul HoganCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_4_1
StarringCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_5_0 Crocodile Dundee_cell_0_5_1
Music byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_6_0 Peter BestCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_6_1
CinematographyCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_7_0 Russell BoydCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_7_1
Edited byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_8_0 David StivenCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_8_1

companyCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_9_0

Rimfire FilmsCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_9_1
Distributed byCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_10_0 Hoyts Distribution

Paramount Pictures

(North America)

20th Century Fox

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Release dateCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_11_0 Crocodile Dundee_cell_0_11_1
Running timeCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_12_0 104 minutes

98 minutes

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CountryCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_13_0 Australia

United StatesCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_13_1

LanguageCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_14_0 EnglishCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_14_1
BudgetCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_15_0 A$8.8 millionCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_15_1
Box officeCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_0_16_0 US$328 millionCrocodile Dundee_cell_0_16_1

Crocodile Dundee (stylized as "Crocodile" Dundee in the U.S.) is an 1986 action comedy film set in the Australian Outback and in New York City. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_2

It stars Paul Hogan as the weathered Mick Dundee, and American actress Linda Kozlowski as reporter Sue Charlton. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_3

Inspired by the true-life exploits of Rod Ansell, the film was made on a budget of under $10 million as a deliberate attempt to make a commercial Australian film that would appeal to a mainstream American audience, but proved to be a worldwide phenomenon. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_4

Released on 30 April 1986 in Australia, and on 26 September 1986 in the United States, it was the highest-grossing film of all-time in Australia, the highest-grossing Australian film worldwide, the second-highest-grossing film in the United States in 1986, the highest-grossing non-US film at the US box office ever and the second-highest-grossing film worldwide for the year. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_5

There are two versions of the film: the Australian version, and an international version, which had much of the Australian slang replaced with more commonly understood terms, and was slightly shorter. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_6

As the first film in the Crocodile Dundee film series, it was followed by two sequels: Crocodile Dundee II (1988) and Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles (2001), although both films failed to match the critical success of the predecessor. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_7

Plot Crocodile Dundee_section_0

Sue Charlton is a feature writer for her father's newspaper Newsday, and is dating the editor Richard Mason. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_8

She travels to Walkabout Creek, a small hamlet in the Northern Territory of Australia, to meet Michael J. "Crocodile" Dundee, a bushman reported to have lost half a leg to a saltwater crocodile before crawling hundreds of miles to safety. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_9

On arrival in Walkabout Creek, she cannot locate Dundee, but she is entertained at the local pub by Dundee's business partner Walter "Wally" Reilly. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_10

When Dundee arrives that night, Sue finds his leg is not missing, but he has a large scar which he refers to as a "love bite". Crocodile Dundee_sentence_11

While Sue dances with Dundee, a group of city kangaroo shooters make fun of Dundee's status as a crocodile hunter, causing him to knock the leader out with one punch. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_12

At first, Sue finds Dundee less "legendary" than she had been led to believe, being unimpressed by his pleasant-mannered but uncouth behaviour and clumsy advances towards her. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_13

She is later amazed, however, when in the outback, she witnesses "Mick" (as Dundee is called) subduing a water buffalo, taking part in an aboriginal (Pintinjarra) tribal dance ceremony, killing a snake with his bare hands, and scaring away the kangaroo shooters from the pub from their cruel sport. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_14

The next morning, offended by Mick's assertion that as a "" she is incapable of surviving the Outback alone, Sue goes out alone to prove him wrong but takes his rifle with her at his request. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_15

Mick follows her to make sure she is okay, but when she stops at a billabong to refill her canteen, she is attacked by a large crocodile and is rescued by Mick. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_16

Overcome with gratitude and seeing Mick's willingness to change his bigotry, Sue finds herself becoming attracted to him. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_17

Sue invites Mick to return with her to New York City on the pretext of continuing the feature story. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_18

At first Wally scoffs at her suggestion, but he changes his mind when she tells him the newspaper would cover all expenses. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_19

Once in New York, Mick is perplexed by local behaviour and customs but overcomes problematic situations including two encounters with a pimp and two attempted robberies. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_20

After this Sue realises her true feelings for him, and they kiss. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_21

At a society dinner at her father's home in honour of Sue's safe return and of Mick's visit, Richard proposes marriage to Sue, and in a haze of confused emotions, she initially accepts in spite of Richard having recently revealed his self-centered and insensitive "true colours" during a period of intoxication. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_22

Mick, disheartened at Sue's engagement, decides to go "walkabout" around the United States, but Sue has a change of heart and, deciding not to marry Richard, follows Mick to a subway station. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_23

There, she cannot reach him through the crowd on the platform, but has members of the crowd relay her message to him, whereupon he climbs up to the rafters and walks to Sue on the heads and raised hands of the onlookers and kisses her. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_24

Cast Crocodile Dundee_section_1

Production Crocodile Dundee_section_2

The idea to make the film came to Paul Hogan (the lead actor and one of the story writers) when he was in New York. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_25

He wondered what it would be like if a Northern Territory bushman arrived in town. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_26

As Paul Hogan said: Crocodile Dundee_sentence_27

The film's budget was raised through the 10BA tax concessions via Morgan Sharebrokers. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_28

Paul Hogan used his regular collaborators from TV, including John Cornell, Peter Faiman and Ken Shadie. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_29

Linda Kozlowski was imported to play the American reporter; Actors' Equity Australia objected to this but eventually relented. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_30

The first scenes were filmed in the small town of McKinlay in Queensland, where the hotel used has original warped and polished hardwood floors. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_31

There are also no crocodiles in the area as it's in the outback with no major water source. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_32

Six weeks of filming were spent working out of Jaja, an abandoned uranium mining camp in Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory with an additional week in Cloncurry. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_33

There was a further six weeks filming in New York. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_34

Filming finished on 11 October 1985. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_35

When the film finished, Hogan said he expected it would make millions of dollars around the world. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_36

Hogan also said of the film, "I'm planning for it to be Australia's first proper movie. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_37

I don't think we've had one yet—not a real, general public, successful, entertaining movie." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_38

Reception Crocodile Dundee_section_3

Box office Crocodile Dundee_section_4

Crocodile Dundee grossed A$47,707,045 at the box office in Australia and was the highest-grossing film of all-time there after 11 weeks, surpassing E.T. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_39 The Extra-Terrestrial. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_40

A number of minor changes were made to the film for its US release where it was released theatrically by Paramount Pictures in September 1986. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_41

The film debuted at number 1 grossing US$$8 million in its opening weekend, and remained at number one for nine weeks. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_42

It grossed US$174,803,506 at the U.S. and Canadian box office being the second-highest-grossing film that year for both the studio and at the United States box office. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_43

Box Office Mojo estimates that the film sold over 46 million tickets in North America. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_44

The film was the highest-grossing non-American film at the US box office. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_45

The film was a worldwide box office hit grossing US$328 million and surpassed Mad Max 2 as the highest-grossing Australian film at the worldwide box office. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_46

Critical response Crocodile Dundee_section_5

On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds an approval rating of 88% based on 32 reviews, and an average rating of 6.75/10. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_47

The critics' consensus reads, "Infectiously easygoing charm and a leading man in the role he was born to play help Crocodile Dundee make the most of its familiar fish-out-of-water premise." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_48

Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average rating of "B+" on an A+ to F scale. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_49

James Berardinelli of gave the film three stars out of four stating, "What the storyline lacks in ambition, it makes up for in sheer, unfettered likability". Crocodile Dundee_sentence_50

Roger Ebert gave the film 2 stars out of 4 and wrote, "All of the cliches are in the right places, most of the gags pay off and there are moments of real amusement as the Australian cowboy wanders around Manhattan as a naive sightseer. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_51

The problem is that there's not one moment of chemistry between the two stars: Paul Hogan as 'Crocodile' Dundee and Linda Kozlowski as the clever little rich girl. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_52

The movie feels curiously machine-made, as if they had all the right ingredients and simply forgot to add the animal magnetism." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_53

Nina Darnton of The New York Times thought that Paul Hogan was "delightful" in the title role, that the screenplay was "witty, with a fine sense of irony and the gift at poking fun at its own conceits," and that "Linda Kozlowski plays the reporter, Sue, very well," virtues which "go a long way toward compensating for the film's illogical plot and set-up situations." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_54

Variety stated that director Peter Faiman "has problems with the pacing and a script (by Hogan and longtime tv colleague Ken Shadie) that has its flat, dull spots. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_55

Hogan is comfortable enough playing the wry, irreverent, amiable Aussie that seems close to his own persona, and teams well with Kozlowksi, who radiates lots of charm, style and spunk." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_56

Dave Kehr of the Chicago Tribune gave the film 3 stars out of 4 and wrote, "Handsomely directed by Peter Faiman, the film punches most of the right buttons at most of the right times and emerges as an effective crowd-pleaser." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_57

Paul Attanasio of The Washington Post said that the film "has a double 'fish out of water' structure—first she's the fish, then he's the fish—but the movie doesn't go anywhere with it, mostly because the characters are such nullities ... Crocodile Dundee_sentence_58

There's no drama in 'Crocodile Dundee' because there's no real conflict between these characters." Crocodile Dundee_sentence_59

Michael Wilmington of the Los Angeles Times wrote that the film "is nothing you can examine deeply or mull over afterward. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_60

It's simply an expert crowd-pleaser. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_61

It has such a sure, easy, confident touch that it's almost failure-proof—like a tip of the hat, a sip of beer, a quick, golden 'G'day.'" Crocodile Dundee_sentence_62

Although Crocodile Dundee was a hit both in Australia and abroad, it became controversial with some Australian critics and audiences—who resented the image of Australians as being ocker. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_63

Robert Hughes complained in 2000 that to Americans "Crocodile Dundee is a work of social realism", giving them a "'Wild West' fantasy" about Australia. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_64

David Droga said in 2018, however, that "There has been no better ad for Australia than that movie". Crocodile Dundee_sentence_65

The film became the first in the Crocodile Dundee series, with two sequels and a Super Bowl commercial. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_66

Accolades Crocodile Dundee_section_6

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AwardCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_1_0_0 CategoryCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_1_0_1 SubjectCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_1_0_2 ResultCrocodile Dundee_header_cell_1_0_3
Academy AwardCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_1_0 Best Original ScreenplayCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_1_1 John Cornell, Ken Shadie & Paul HoganCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_1_2 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_1_3
BAFTA AwardsCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_2_0 Best Original ScreenplayCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_2_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_2_2
Best ActorCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_3_0 Paul HoganCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_3_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_3_2
Golden Globe AwardCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_4_0 Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or ComedyCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_4_1 WonCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_4_2
Best Supporting Actress – Motion PictureCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_5_0 Linda KozlowskiCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_5_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_5_2
Best Motion Picture – Musical or ComedyCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_6_0 John CornellCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_6_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_6_2
Saturn AwardCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_7_0 Best Fantasy FilmCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_7_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_7_2
Best WritingCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_8_0 John Cornell, Ken Shadie & Paul HoganCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_8_1 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_8_2
BMI Film & TV AwardCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_9_0 Best MusicCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_9_1 Peter BestCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_9_2 WonCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_9_3
Golden ScreenCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_10_0 Best Sold TicketsCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_10_1 WonCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_10_3
MPSE AwardCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_11_0 Best Sound Editing – Foreign FeatureCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_11_1 Tim ChauCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_11_2 NominatedCrocodile Dundee_cell_1_11_3

Broadcasts Crocodile Dundee_section_7

Crocodile Dundee remains the single most-viewed Christmas Day film or programme in the United Kingdom when it debuted on 25 December 1989 on BBC One, with an audience of 21.8 million. Crocodile Dundee_sentence_67

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Dundee.